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The Queensland government has taken aim at companies that hire out campervans emblazoned with offensive slogans, which are often seen around Byron Bay and Ballina.

The move follows a string of complaints against Brisbane-based company Wicked Campers, which hires out vans with graffiti-style paintwork, often emblazoned with racist, sexist and homophobic ‘jokes’.

Both Byron and Ballina councils passed motions condemning the company earlier this year,

But despite repeated calls for action, including a unanimous vote in the Senate, the company has flouted rulings by the Advertising Standards Bureau for offensive signage to be removed.

Earlier this year, Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called on the community to boycott the vans.

But with the controversy continuing to bubble, the Queensland government is now threatening to cancel the regos of vehicles found to be flouting the new law.

The changes introduced to state parliament this week are aimed at ending what roads minister Mark Bailey has called ‘demeaning and very public attacks on women’.

Hire companies that are directed by the Advertising Standards Board to remove a sexist, obscene or offensive slogan from one of their vehicles will have two weeks to comply, or its registration will be cancelled, the minister said.

 


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7 COMMENTS

  1. So with outlets all over Australia, they just register the vehicles in another State. Brilliant move by the Queensland Government for the company to stick it to them (again).

    • So !
      You’re expecting an intelligent response from the Queensland Government ?
      Well, they say anything is possible !
      However judging from past experience……. This is the land of Bejlke Peterson…. and I don’t think so .
      G”)

  2. Impound the vans and run a quick spray paint over the offensive slogans.
    De-register the business Australia wide on the grounds of promoting sexism and mysogonistic behaviour.
    Ask the occupants if they know what the slogans say? They may be non english speaking visitors.

  3. YES! A victory for those that speak out when they see something that’s not right.
    Sexist misogynistic slogans don’t help violence against women and to see them bandied about for profit is NOT OK.

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